This week’s eNews features our Year 4 House Leaders, Ned and Liahna from Goodes, Sash and Tahla from Beachley and Mitch and Ruby from Chang. They are talking about their House Patron and the wonderful work they do in the Australian community.
National Reconciliation Week
This week we are celebrating National Reconciliation Week. This is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples. The theme this year is “Grounded in Truth – Walk together with courage” and aims to foster positive race relations that are grounded in historical truth. Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.
At Hazel Glen College we are holding a number of special events including our Friday afternoon assembly with a special presentation from our Reconciliation organisational team. Students in Year 2 – 4 are also participating in a wonderful incursion with Dion Drummond. Dion is an Indigenous performer who shares tales and artefacts from his cultures, teaching students about the different traditions of both Torres Strait Island and Aboriginal storytelling, song and dance. Students participate in learning a little of the language, including some songs, as well as a look at the skills of Indigenous dances.
We also have some fabulous learning around Reconciliation Week happening in our classrooms.
Coffee and Chat
This term’s Coffee and Chat will be held this Wednesday morning in the Junior School staffroom at 8.45am – 9.30am. Parents are invited to come along to chat with the leadership team and see some of the great work that is happening in our STEAM program, including the opportunity to have a go at some coding with the assistance of our Innovations Leader, Danny Summerell.
Thank you to all of our parents and grandparents who visited our classrooms last week. It was great for our students to show off their great learning. Our Maths Day on Friday was a huge success with students involved in lots of crazy maths activities. We raised well over 70 kg of coins and are looking forward to hearing the exact dollar amount shortly. A massive thank you to our teachers on the Maths Day team and to all of our staff for really having fun with the theme for our students.
Year 3 & 4 camps
If you have a child in Year 3 or Year 4, please make sure you attend the camp information nights being held this week in the Performing Arts Centre. The Year 3 Info night is this Monday 27 May starting at 6pm and the Year 4 camp Info night is this Wednesday 29 May at 6pm. Lots of information will be shared about the camps, which are a very important and amazing part of our curriculum at the College.
Have a wonderful week,
Junior School Principal
2019 is the 75th year of Education Week and it aims to positively profile and celebrate the strengths and achievements in Victorian education. The theme of Education Week 2019 is careers and pathways that will make your dream job come true.
In Middle School, Education week has been celebrated and recognised in a number of ways. Parents and families have been invited to an Open Morning across Middle School. These have been expertly led by our Middle School Captains and Vice Captains and provided the opportunity for parents to see firsthand some of the amazing teaching and learning that is happening in classrooms across Middle School.
With the theme of this year’s Education Week being “Careers”, students used their Home Group time to investigate and discuss their future career opportunities and ambitions. It was wonderful to see and hear the genuine excitement and passion as students spoke about their future career pathways.
A Middle School assembly showcased some of the amazing things that have been happening in each curriculum area. Students shared their learning achievements in a range of ways including Health and PE presentations, poetry reading, amazing science experiments, as well as a performance by our rock band and an episode of the Year 6 HGCTV program.
Each curriculum are hosted lunchtime activity sessions with engaging, interactive activities for students. Students were invited to participate in creative writing sessions, STEM based challenges, art activities and open mic sessions to name just a few.The ‘beep test’ session led by our Physical Education team was definitely a crowd favourite!
This week saw the first of our Year 7 Camps at the Grampians. The weather has been kind (if somewhat chilly in the mornings!) and students have been having an amazing time participating in activities including a ropes course, scavenger hunt and of course the many hikes that highlight the beautiful scenery of the area. The full day hike to the Pinnacle is a highlight of this camp and certainly provides the opportunity for students to develop their physical and emotional strength. The sense of achievement when reaching the top is well worth the climb! The opportunities this camp offers for students to develop their independence, resilience and to continue to build relationships with their peers and teachers are outstanding. We look forward to sharing similar experiences when our second group of Year 7 students head to camp in a couple of weeks.
To support our Middle Years students in setting effective study routines, the Middle School has a focus on providing consistent and regular tasks. Some supplementary tasks may occasionally also be included throughout the year. These are often tasks related to units, such as the completion of research or preparation for presentations.
The regular weekly Home Learning requirements in Middle School are as follows:
1 hour per week of online tasks from Literacy Planet (5 / 6) or Education Perfect (7 / 8) as set by classroom teachers
Independent reading 20 – 30 minutes per night
1 hour per week of taske set by classroom teacher on Mathletics (5 / 6) or Education Perfect (7 / 8)
(Italian/Chinese) – 30 minutes per week of tasks set on Education Perfect
If you have any concerns about Home Learning, please contact your child’s classroom teachers.
Middle School News
Our Year 10 students have had a very successful week on work experience with a superb response from the employers. Many employers have contacted the College to emphasise how polite, hardworking and articulate our students were on placement. They have certainly been a credit to both the College and their parents. Well done Year 10!
Please note that Semester 1 exams will be held later this term for all Year 9, 10 and 11 students. Students will be preparing for these exams during the next few weeks with teachers running revision classes and activities during this period. Students will be on study leave for the stated exam dates and are only required to attend their exams during the day.
Year 9 exams will take place on Wednesday June 12th and Thursday June 13th and will only be for English, Maths, Science and Humanities.
Year 10 exams will take place from Monday 3rd June and conclude on Friday 7th June. Each subject will undertake an examination with the exception of some practically based classes. An examination timetable will be published on Compass with exam times and locations.
Year 11 exams will be take place from Monday 3rd June and conclude on Wednesday 12th June (returning to normal classes on Thursday 13th June). Each subject will undertake an examination with the exception of some practically based classes. An examination timetable will be published on Compass with exam times and locations.
Students who will be sitting a VCE or VET Unit 3/4 subject are required to sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 12th June. This exam is very important for students to sit as it can help to potentially derive an examination score for a VCE subject if a student falls ill during the end of year exam period.
Attendance and VCE Attendance
At Hazel Glen College we believe that a high level of student attendance has a significant impact on the success students experience at school; good attendance is essential to the academic and social development of each student. Whilst we understand that sometimes students are unwell we remind students and parents that missing days at school affects learning. Attendance will be considered for entry to certain Senior School subject eg VET and VCAL programs.
Students undertaking VCE subjects should note that unapproved absence falling below 90% could lead to not passing that subject.
Senior School Principal
Senior School News
Term 2 – 2019
Monday 27 – Friday 31 May
- Reconciliation Week
Monday 3 – Friday 7 June
- Year 7 Camp – Group B
Monday 10 June
- Queen’s Birthday Holiday
- No Classes
Wednesday 12 June
- GAT Examination
Wednesday 12 June
- Cross Country – Prep-Y4
Sunday 23 – Friday 28 June
- Year 9 Expedition
Friday 28 June
- Term 2 Concludes
- Early Dismissal – 2pm
Friday 28 June
- Saturday 29 June – Monday 15 July
- School Holidays
Monday 15 July
- Staff Planning Day
- No classes
Tuesday 16 July
- Term 3 Commences